Tuesday, May 10, 2005[posted by jaed at 12:32 PM]
I just found out something about Charles Graner, the ringleader of the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison, that I hadn't realized until now. Quoth the NYT:
But Private Graner had not completely cut off relations with Private England. On Jan. 2, 2004, he was caught sleeping in Private England's quarters and demoted.I had thought his rank was Specialist, a peer of the other specialists and privates; it's how he was always referred to in news stories. But if I'm reading this right, he was a corporal in October 2003. In other words, a noncommissioned officer. He was a noncom and he got junior enlisted involved in this? Can anyone tell me why having him taken out and shot wasn't on the list of punishments available to his court martial?
The two spent evenings together during the trial, and it was there that Private Graner proposed. He was convicted, sentenced to 10 years in a military prison and demoted from specialist to private. He had earlier been demoted from corporal.